Revel Problems, Sonic Booms, Chardonnay Go – Thursday’s Roundup

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Atlantic City’s The Iron Room has made it through to the final four in New Jersey Monthly’s Best Whiskey Bar poll. You can read more about the competition and vote for The Iron Room here through Oct. 30.

Revel Problems
Glenn Straub is suing the state to reduce the tax bill he pays for the still-shuttered Revel. Straub has not been able to get a casino license to reopen Revel as a casino. He says it should not be taxed as a casino under the Atlantic City PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program because it was closed when the legislation went into effect last year. The lawsuit says that under the PILOT Straub is paying about $3 million more a year than he would pay in regular property taxes. Straub is not coming out of left field with this suit, since not all casinos or former casinos are part of the PILOT. One other closed casino – the former Taj Mahal, set to reopen next year as the Hard Rock Atlantic City – is not included. Read more via The Press of Atlantic City’s Nicholas Huba.

Sonic Boom
A boom heard around Atlantic County and parts of Cape May yesterday morning was caused by an F-35 fighter jet from Maryland, according to the 177th Fighter Wing. The aircraft from Maryland was just off the coast, Lynda Cohen reports for BreakingAC.

Chardonnay Go
So apparently there was some viral video that a Moorestown woman (and her son) shot last year in which she spoofed Pokemon Go by running around town looking for some Chardonnay: “It’s really simple, it says there’s a glass close by right now… Oh my gosh! I found it!” Anyhow, Dena Blizzard (the viral video protagonist) has now launched Chardonnay Go as a board game and (even though it’s not an actual drinking game) The Inquirer’s Elizabeth Wellington said she had a great time playing.

In the rest of the day’s headlines, senate and assembly candidates from NJ’s second district (most of Atlantic County) agreed on creating a Growth Zone around the Atlantic City airport but disagreed over making New Jersey a sanctuary state, only one seat on Linwood City Council is being challenged, Ventnor could get a Dunkin’ Donuts, read this piece about South Asian voters (and candidates) in New Jersey, the white supremacist group that leafleted Stockton University recently has also been active at Rutgers, and a produce company has bought Vineland’s closed Progresso soup plant. All that and more below:

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